The Bureau of Justice Assistance is pleased to announce the creation of the Evidence-based Treatment in Custody Jail-based Mentor Site Program, expected to launch in September 2020.
This program is part of the training and technical assistance (TTA) available for local jurisdictions through BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP).
Developed as part of the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, COSSAP provides financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by the opioid epidemic. COSSAP was expanded in 2019 to include stimulants and other substances.
Jail-based mentor sites will provide a unique opportunity for jails across the country interested in providing MAT services to observe and learn from established and innovative programs that have shown success in meeting the substance use treatment needs of individuals in jail. The mentor sites selected through this application process will host individuals and teams from facilities interested in starting a MAT program or established programs interested in learning innovative practices. A process for facilities to electronically submit a request to visit a mentor program will be developed, and BJA will support the travel of up to three individuals from approved facilities to one of the mentor sites.
Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), in its role as a COSSAP TTA provider, is facilitating the selection process for mentor sites.
Applications for the BJA Evidence-based Treatment in Custody Jail-based Mentor Site Program are due by 5:00 p.m., ET, on June 15, 2020. BJA deferred the application submission deadline from the April 30, 2020, date to June 15, 2020, due to the national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Please submit the application by downloading the form here. By using Adobe Acrobat Reader, you will be able to submit your application directly through a button on the form. A free download for Adobe Acrobat Reader can be found here. If using another PDF program, please complete the form and save your responses. Then, email a copy of the completed form to COSSAP@iir.com. Please note that frequently asked questions and answers have been added to the beginning of the form.
Please note: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and complete the submission form. If you do not already have this software installed on your computer, you can download a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe’s Web site.
Should you have any questions about the application process or issues with submission, please send an email to COSSAP@iir.com, and we will do our best to respond promptly.